Yo man, let me tell you something about those policies that are supposed to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 🌍🔥
First off, let’s talk about the numbers. According to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US has reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions by about 12% since 2005. That’s a pretty significant drop, bro! And a lot of it is thanks to policies like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan. 😎
But don’t get too excited, dude. While we’ve made progress in reducing emissions overall, we still have a long way to go. The same EPA report shows that transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, accounting for about 29% of the total. 🚗💨 That means we need to focus more on policies that incentivize electric cars and public transportation, and discourage people from driving alone.
Another area where we need to step up our game is in reducing air pollution, which has serious health consequences for people who live in areas with high levels of pollution. The EPA estimates that the Clean Air Act has prevented more than 230,000 premature deaths and 2.4 million asthma attacks since it was passed in 1970. 🙏🏽 But we still have a long way to go, especially in communities of color and low-income areas that are disproportionately affected by pollution.
Overall, I think it’s clear that policies aimed at reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have been effective to some extent, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. We need to continue investing in clean energy and transportation, and make sure that everyone has access to clean air and water. And we need to do it now, before it’s too late. 🙌🏼